Centre for Road Safety

Go Together (2 minutes, 7 seconds)

Opening credits: Sharing the road with bicycle riders, Go Together logo, NSW Government Transport for NSW logo

[Animation shows a bicycle rider, car and bus travelling on a road.]

Narrator: Whether you’re travelling on a bike, a motorcycle or in a car, bus or truck, we all play a part in using the road safely.

[A bicycle rider pedals down a road.]

Narrator: Bicycle riders are like drivers and motorcycle riders – they have rights and responsibilities on our roads.

[Animation shows an aerial view a two-lane road divided by a broken white line down the centre. A bicycle rider travels near the edge of the road in the left-hand lane. Two cars overtake the bicycle rider, allowing plenty of space as the pass.]

Narrator: However, bicycle riders need plenty of space because they are more vulnerable than drivers and are more likely to be injured or even killed in the event of a crash.

[Animation shows a bicycle rider travelling on a road. The rider shares the road with a bus. marked on the back with “New rules from 1 March.”]

Narrator: To help us all Go Together safely, new road rules are being introduced on the 1 March 2016.

[Animation shows the cyclist in side profile.]

Narrator: Drivers will now need to give bicycle riders at least a metre of space when passing.

[Animation shows a bicycle rider travelling on a road beside a car. A graphic shows that for speeds up to 60km/h, a driver must leave a distance of no less than one metre when overtaking the bicycle rider.]

Narrator: When the speed limit is 60km/h and under, you must give bicycle riders at least one metre of space when you pass them.

[The bicycle rider is shown travelling next to a bus. A graphic shows that for speeds of more than 60km/h, a driver must leave a distance of no less than 1.5 metres when overtaking the bicycle rider.]

Narrator: If the speed limit is over 60km/h, you must give bicycle riders at least one-and-a-half metres of space when passing.

[Aerial view shows a bicycle rider on a two-lane road, marked down the middle with double continuous white lines. A car comes up behind the rider, while an oncoming car passes by.]

Narrator: Sometimes you won’t be able to provide this distance, as well as stay on your side of the road or in your lane, and that’s okay.

[The car indicates right, crosses the double white lines and safely overtakes the bicycle rider, before indicating left and merging back into the left-hand lane.]

Narrator: When it’s safe to do so, you may now cross centre lines, straddle lane lines and drive on painted islands while you are passing bicycle riders to help you give them enough space.

[Animation shows the view through the front windscreen as a driver approaches a bicycle from behind. The right indicator light flashes on the car’s instrument panel.]

Narrator: But you can only do this when it is safe to do so.

[Aerial view shows the car indicate, cross the double white lines and safely merge back in to the left-hand lane.]

Narrator: And you have a clear view of the road, there is no oncoming traffic and you’re not going to cause a collision with vehicles around you.

[Animation shows the view through the front windscreen as a driver approaches a bicycle from behind. As the driver slows down, the speedometer drops from 60 to 40km/h.]

Narrator: If you can’t pass a rider safely, slow down and wait until it is safe to pass. Before you pass, check your blind spots for vehicles behind you or travelling next to you.

[Aerial view shows a bicycle rider on a two-lane road marked down the centre with a broken white line. As the rider approaches parked cars on the left, the lane narrows.]

Narrator: Look out for changing road conditions ahead, such as narrower lanes or parked cars, to help ensure that passing is safe.

[A car approaching from behind the rider brakes, waits for an oncoming car to pass, then indicates right, crosses the broken white lines, safely overtakes the bicycle rider (allowing plenty of space), indicates left and merges back into the left lane.]

Narrator: When passing a rider, stay within the speed limit and indicate your intentions. Once you’re safely past the rider, indicate and merge back in front of them.

Narrator: Penalties apply for drivers who do not follow these new rules.

[Animation shows a bicycle rider stopped at a road sign. A car stops beside the rider, allowing plenty of space between them. The driver and rider nod to each other.]

When you pass bicycle riders and leave at least a one metre distance, you’re helping ensure that we all Go Together safely on our roads.

Narrator: To find out more about the new rules, visit the website gotogether.transport.nsw.gov.au.

End credits: gotogether.transport.nsw.gov.au, Go Together logo, NSW Government Transport for NSW logo

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